HDTV providers scoop leading prizes at Eutelsat TV Awards

Editor | 16-11-2013

The value of high-definition TV and the demand for it have been shown clearly by those emerging victorious at this year’s Eutelsat TV Awards.

Over 100 channels from 20 countries participated in this year’s competition, their programming formats, innovation and audience relationship judged by an independent panel of media experts.

The winning thematic satellite TV channels unveiled at the gala ceremony in Venice were M2 of Hungary in the children’s category; Moviemax Festival HD of Turkey for Cinema, Italy’s Sky Arte in Culture/Documentaries Chérie 25 of France in Fiction/General Entertainment; Auto Plus of Russia for Lifestyle ; CCTV of China for news; France’s L’Equipe 21 for sport. PMC of the UAE won The People’s Choice while best programme was won by Italian state broadcaster RAI for Mussolini – il cadavere vivente, and The Eurochannel Short-Films Tour from US firm Eurochannel. The music award was shared by the UK’s Gospel Music TV and Mezzo Live HD of France.

In addition to the main awards, Sky Group was honoured for the work it has done over the past ten years with the judges noting among other things how it had created special even channels and how Sky Go and Sky on Demand applications to engage with subscribers through a multiplicity of screens. There was also an award to Canal 2 Cameroon for its contribution to driving the transition to digital in Africa and for representing a new face of African broadcasting.

Commenting on the awards, Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO said: “Over 50% of the channels awarded at this year’s Eutelsat TV Awards are in High Definition and have been launched over the last 12 months…This result highlights more than ever the vitality and boundless creativity of the television business as well as its commitment to deliver an exceptional viewing experience. Congratulations to all channels for making this year’s event our best ever”.

Duilio Giammaria, RAI television presenter and Jury Chairman of the Eutelsat TV Awards added: “From channels with a 20-year legacy to new entrepreneurial ventures in emerging markets, the jury assessed the quality of content creation, innovative programme packaging and how channels are leveraging technology to engage with their audience. It’s no understatement to say that the story of television is still being written and that programme-makers are constantly turning new viewing platforms and changing audience habits to their advantage.”